A Parent’s Guide to the Points System at King Edward VI School Lichfield
This guide has been produced using extracts from the School’s Behaviour for Learning Policy which can be read in full here.
Achievement and Behaviour Points
Our Points System is used to promote positive learning behaviours, by rewarding students with Achievement points. These are recorded on the school’s database, and information about these can be viewed by parents on the Switch learning platform.
When students fail to meet our expectations in terms of their behaviour or approach to learning, they can expect to receive Behaviour points, which are also recorded on the school database.
A detailed list of examples of the poor behaviour that will result in behaviour points is included in the points grids. This is also published in the school planner. The school reserves the right to make adjustments to the grids throughout the academic year in response to specific concerns related to behaviour.
The number of points associated with particular behaviours is linked to the seriousness of that behaviour. It is recognised however, that repeated ‘low-level’ poor behaviour has a significant impact on learning and the smooth running of the school.
Receiving behaviour points can lead to automatic sanctions (see Sanctions below).
Where students consistently make poor choices it is recognised that further support structures are needed to enable them to make better choices and to succeed.
When specific poor behaviour is repeated over time there will be an escalation in sanctions linked to that specific behaviour.
Pastoral Support Staff will closely monitor students who accumulate large numbers of behaviour points, and will intervene using a range of support strategies. Support will be considered on an individual basis and may include a range of those outlined below:
- Increased contact with parents
- Being placed on report
- Pastoral Support Plans may be put in place, or the frequency of reviews increased.
- External agency support may be considered where appropriate and could include Behavioural support work and counselling or other specific support agency work (subject to availability).
- Intensive small group work, often led by the Student Support team.
- Other alternative provision
Detentions are issued in response to the loss of behaviour points. They are the primary sanction used in school as a result of incidents of poor behaviour. In addition to detentions, the school may remove specific privileges from students exhibiting persistent poor behaviour. Examples include the privilege of bringing a mobile phone to school, and the opportunity of attending school trips.
During detentions, students are expecting to complete work. This might be work given by the staff member who set the detention, but may also be other work that the student has provided to complete.
The school currently uses 4 different types of detention, each triggered by receiving 3, 5 or 10 behaviour points:
- Department Detention – set for receiving 3 behaviour points related to lessons. Departments have their own arrangements as to when and where these take place, but most will be for 30 minutes during lunchtime.
- Year Group Detention – set for receiving 3 behaviour points away from lessons.
- Senior staff detention (SSD) – set for receiving 5 behaviour points. Conducted by a senior member of staff in Room 1 at lunchtime for 30 minutes.
- After-school detention – set for set for receiving 10 behaviour points. Conducted in room 15 for one hour after school.
In line with guidance from the Department for Education, Parental consent is not required for detentions.
We updated our approach to managing sanctions, including isolation, for the start of Autumn 2017. Details of the update can be found here.
When parents have cause to disagree with our decisions, we welcome the opportunity to discuss this in order to find the best possible way forward. If parents remain unsatisfied with the action of the school, they can make a formal complaint using the school’s complaints policy.